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Best movies of 2008

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The Strangers (2008)


Certainly not the most original horror film ever made, which would normally put this at a 9/10 for me. HOWEVER, it was the first horror film to scare me since the late 1980s. For that, it earns top honors.
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Of all the HST documentaries out there, this is by far the best one. It's so heartfelt, sincere, and done with great respect for him and his legacy, all thanks to his family and closest friends who helped shape it.
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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (208 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Son of Rambow (2007)
U.S. release date: May 2, 2008
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For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
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People who added this item 5069 Average listal rating (3355 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
WALL·E (2008)
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People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (668 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Funny Games (2007)
U.S. release date: March 14, 2008
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People who added this item 697 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Ip Man (2008)
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People who added this item 447 Average listal rating (251 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Choke (2008)

And you're right-I'm pathetic. I have sex with strangers because I'm incapable of doing it with someone I actually like. I can't even ask anyone out on a date because if it doesn't end up in a high speed chase, I get bored. I've kept myself numb for so long that now I actually want to feel something I can't because no matter where I go, no matter what I do, I always end up back here with you. I need to break up, Ma.
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People who added this item 4884 Average listal rating (3278 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Iron Man (2008)
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Wanted (2008)

It's a choice, Wesley, that each of us must face: to remain ordinary, pathetic, beat-down, coasting through a miserable existence, like sheep herded by fate - or you can take control of your own destiny and join us, releasing the caged wolf you have inside. Our purpose is to maintain stability in an unstable world - kill one, save a thousand. Within the fabric of this world, every life hangs by a thread. We are that thread - a fraternity of assassins with the weapons of fate. This is the decision that lies before you now: the sheep, or the wolf. The choice is yours.
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Man on Wire (2008)
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Food, Inc. (2008)
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Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Feb 7 12:16
Nice to see In Bruges and Be Kind Rewind get some love here. Both solid surprises for me that year!
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 8 11:33
Again 50 movies... Some good stuff and some less good stuff...

I have to tell you something funny about The Strangers. I watched it a few weeks agos and it was an ok movie. Really nothing original but it was well made. The funny thing is that I watched it with my wife, my 16 year-old step-daughter and her boyfriend. I'm really a pussy with horror movies, when I'm scared, I jump from my seat and I scream like a girl. It's kind of pathetic but I don't give sh*t and that's why I enjoy horror movies. Anyway, I was watching it and it started to get scary (I'm sure you know when I mean...). Of course, I jumped a little but I thought "it's ok, it's scary but I can handle it". But I wasn't the one with an issue, THE BOYFRIEND WAS.... The first time he screamed so loud, we were all looking at him like "Dude, are you OK ?!?" and the second time was even worse, I saw it coming from miles away, she opens the curtain and..........BANG! Right in her face, a nice pyschopath... This time, he screamed even louder, jumped to the ceiling, kicked the living-room table and went hiding behind the coach while screaming all the time.... Seriously, I'm not kidding... My step-daughter was kind of pissed because she doesn't like this kind of antics but I thought it was just hilarious! I have never seen something like it. So I guess you're right, it must be a very powerful movie.

If you're interested, you can check my list : http://www.listal.com/list/top-10-best-movies-2008/votes
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 8 15:54
Hahahahaha what a great story...I love it!
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at May 6 19:54
great to see someone else has IP MAN on his list!
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 29 14:47
A bit surprised to see The Strangers (which I didn't really like) and Zombie Strippers (That's a brave choice! here, but equally happy to see that you have included In Bruges!

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